“Collective Justice: Equality in the workplace means justice for ALL workers.”


NANTIYA RUAN is Counsel at Outten & Golden LLP, where she primarily represents employees in class discrimination and wage and hour cases.  Ruan works from her Denver office, where she is also the Hartje and Reese Chair of Lawyering Process at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

Prior to joining O&G in 2000, Ruan was a judicial clerk for Magistrate Judge Ronald L. Ellis in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. She has also clerked in the state appellate courts. From 2003 to 2004, Ruan was an associate at Goldstein, Demchak, Baller, Borgen & Dardarian in Oakland, California, a plaintiffs’ firm representing workers in national civil rights litigations.

In 2004, Ruan joined the faculty at Denver Law where she teaches legal writing and advanced workplace law course.  Her scholarship explores the intersection of workers rights, complex litigation, and poverty law.  She also writes on experiential learning with clients and teaching public interest to law students.

(*Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.)

Bar Admission and Professional Activity

  • Ms. Ruan is admitted to practice law only in Colorado, New York, and California.

Video & Podcasts

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Speaking Engagements


  • Moderator: “Criminal Record Discrimination and Ban the Box Initiatives,” National CLE Conference—Labor & Employment, Vail, CO
  • Speaker: “Employment Discrimination: The Very Latest on What You Need to Know,” Law Education Institute, National CLE Conference, Vail, CO


  • Speaker: “Whistleblower Claims— Strategies for Plaintiff and Defense Counsel,” Law Education Institute, National CLE Conference, Vail, CO
  • Speaker: “Latest on Class Actions: An Update,” Law Education Institute, National CLE Conference, Vail, CO


  • Lecturer: “Silencing Wage Theft: The Impact of Class Waivers in Arbitration Agreements on Low-Wage Workers,” Law & Society Association, Annual Meeting


  • Co-Lecturer: “Who’s Afraid of the Big Wage Suit,” Washington University Law School & St. Louis University Law School, Fifth Annual Colloquium on Current Scholarship in Labor & Employment Law, St. Louis, MO
  • Lecturer: “RIFs: Overview and Update,” Law Education Institute, 27th Annual National CLE Conference, Vail, CO

Articles & Publications

Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Fingerprints?

President Obama Continues his “Year of Action” by Promoting Access to Justice for Workers

In his newest Executive Order, Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces, President Obama makes access to justice for workers a priority of his administration. Leading in the forum in which he has control-federal employees and companies that contract with the federal...

President Obama signs LGBT Nondiscrimination Executive Order

Signaling his continued support for both workers rights and LGBT individuals, President Obama recently signed an executive order that protects federal government workers, as well as workers for federal contractors, from discrimination on the basis of sexual...

Fair Labor Standards Act, Cumulative Supplements (2014 and 2017)

Nantiya Ruan, Editor in Chief, 2017 & 2014, 2d Ed. (BNA Books)

Corporate Masters & Low-Wage Servants: The Social Control of Workers in Poverty

Nantiya Ruan, 24 Wash. & Lee  J. Civil Rts. & Soc. Just. 103, 2017

Individualized Justice in Class and Collective Actions

Nantiya Ruan, Chapter in Beyond Elite Law: Access To Civil Justice In America (Samuel Estreicher & Joy Radice eds., Cambridge University Press, 2016)


Developing Professional Skills: Workplace Law

Nantiya Ruan, co-authored with Rachel Arnow-Richman, West Academic Publishing, 2016

Title VII Disparate Impact in Pay Equity Cases

Nantiya Ruan, chapter in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act After 50 Years (Samuel Estreicher & Anne Marie Lofaso eds., LexisNexis, 2015).

Challenges to Non-Selection Screening Devices: The Disparate Impact of Credit and Criminal Background Checks

Nantiya Ruan, chapter in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act After 50 Years (Samuel Estreicher & Anne Marie Lofaso eds., LexisNexis, 2015).

The New 1L: First-Year Lawyering With Clients

Nantiya Ruan, co-authored with Eduardo R.C. Capulong, Michael A. Millemann, and Sara Rankin, Carolina Academic Press, 2015

Stabilizing Low-Wage Work: Legal Remedies for Unpredictable Work Hours & Income Stability

Nantiya Ruan, co-author with Charlotte Alexander & Dr. Anna Haley-Lock, 50 Harv. C.R. - C.L. L. Rev. (2015)

Pay Inequality, Access To Work, and Discrimination

Nantiya Ruan, Chapter Introduction, 91 Denv. U. L. Rev. 869 (2014)

Scheduling Shortfalls: Hours Parity as the New Pay Equity

Nantiya Ruan, with Professor Nancy Reichman, 59 Villanova Law Rev. 35 (2014).